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Volume 8, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 8, 2367–2379, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-2367-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 8, 2367–2379, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-8-2367-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Dec 2014

Research article | 16 Dec 2014

Deglaciation of the Caucasus Mountains, Russia/Georgia, in the 21st century observed with ASTER satellite imagery and aerial photography

M. Shahgedanova et al.

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The paper investigates changes in the area of 498 glaciers in the main Caucasus ridge and on Mt. Elbrus (the highest summit in geographical Europe), Russia/Georgia in the late 20th and 21st centuries using ASTER and Landsat imagery with 15 m resolution from 1999-2001 and 2010-2012 and aerial photography from 1987-2001. The glacier area decreased by 4.7±2.1% or 19.2±8.7 km2 from 1999-2001 to 2010/12. The recession rates of glacier terminus more than doubled between 1987-2000/01 and 2000/01–2010.
The paper investigates changes in the area of 498 glaciers in the main Caucasus ridge and on Mt....
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